Archive for December, 2010

December 31, 2010

Random Friday Five, “SEE YA LATER 2010” Edition

by brandt

Yes, its New Years Eve, and somehow we got snookered into chaperoning a youth group’s New Year’s Eve party.  The good?  I get to make fun of 14-year old boys and convince them they need to give a kiss to one of the girls once the clock hits 12:00.  The bad?  I have to hang out with teenagers all night.  At least the Red Wings are playing tonight to keep me occupied.

Ugh.  Teenagers.  That being said, be prepared for an abbreviated version of the Random Friday Five.

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December 31, 2010

House #9 – Rochester

by brandt

After we went and toured House #8 – Lake Orion, our agent asked if we had enough time to go see another couple of houses.  Not wanting to miss a chance to view more houses and take advantage of every house out there, we went about 20 minutes away to Rochester to view a house that had been on my “interested” radar, even though I had some reservations on the house.

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December 29, 2010

House #8 – Lake Orion

by brandt

So much for resting during the holidays, eh?  Ashley and I both thought that the availability of houses was going to really hit a low point because of both the winter months and the holiday.  That was, until we found out that we were pre-approved for a much higher amount under a Homepath Renovation mortgage.  Right now, I’m in the process of getting an updated FHA pre-approval since ours expired on the 22nd.  After we informed our agent of the increase, we asked for the MLS listings to reflect a higher price.  Wow.  All I know is that there were a lot more houses that were really interesting as soon as we made that jump.  Which gets us to House #8.

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December 28, 2010

The Huge Epic Post-Christmas Weekly Update

by brandt

I didn’t think the holidays were going to be this busy.  I mean, it’s only Ashley, me, and our two dopey cats.  I figured that it would be one of the “lounging” Christmases that we’d had over the past couple of years.  I was wrong.

First, the cats have finally forgiven me.  I’ve been working from home this past week, and Ashley has had work off since Thursday (today was her first day back).  That means people are constantly coming and going, in and out of our apartment.  I’ve never seen them this tired at night.  Their cat napping has taken a big hiatus, and recently I’ve caught them finding some sort of sanctuary in their cat-carrier.  Poor cats.  Instead of getting their normal 16 hours of sleep per day, they’re down to about 12 hours of sleep.  I know, it breaks your heart.  The interesting thing about me working from home is how much they follow me.  We’ve got boxes upon boxes stacked up in the office in our apartment for that eventful day when my agent calls to tell us we finally have an accepted offer, and the cats love jumping up to the very top boxes and snoozing away while I’m crunching numbers.  Heaven forbid I actually shut the door.  I start seeing paws under the door, and the small “meows” grow larger and louder until it sounds like Jack Bauer is interrogating them in the hallway.  Nope.  They just want to come in and visit.

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December 24, 2010

The Christmas Eve Random Friday Five!

by brandt

It’s Christmas time again!  As Ron Weasley said to Harry Potter in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Happy Christmas, Harry!”  The Malone Compound inhabitants has been hard at work slaving over hot stoves getting cookies, cakes, and all sorts of sundry sugary items ready for mass consumption, as well as rocking out to some awesome Christmas songs (Um, Twisted Sister singing O Come All Ye Faithful, anyone?).  Anyways, enough with the holiday accolades, let’s get to the part everyone has been waiting for…

KITTEH FOR SANTA!

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December 22, 2010

The Night the Brandt Stole Christmas

by brandt

Note: This story is 100% true, and literally happened last night at about 9:30/10:00 at night. It hasn’t been dolled up to make it more dramatic than it actually is. This is a story about why I’m a dork.

Some of you may be reading this wondering how I was able to screw up Christmas this year.  Some of you probably want to watch me squirm in uncomfortableness while I write this.  Some probably found this post based on Ashley’s Facebook status last night, which read:

Christmas is ruined

No matter the case, this is how the Brandt stole Christmas.

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December 20, 2010

The (Extremely Delayed) Random Friday Five

by brandt

Apparently all my great aspirations of things to accomplish on a day off from work get evaporated when that day finally comes.  I wanted to do some hardcore organizing of our digital media library, get a couple of posts backlogged into the website so all I had to do was click “publish,” and even turn the charm on for Ashley and have this place ultra clean and tidy when she got home from work.

Yeah.  Those were pretty lofty aspirations.

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December 13, 2010

SWING and a miss…

by brandt

The pitch was high and tight, and we swung low.  Looks like we’re on the hunt again.

House #7 – Rochester appears to be off the table.  We got a response back from Fannie Mae saying they rejected our offer.  While that’s a sharp jab to the chin, it’s not a devastating knockout.  Our agent then said that it was a long shot to get Fannie to accept on the first offer, especially since we were offering way under the listing price.

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December 10, 2010

Random Friday Five – 12/10/2010

by brandt

I have lots of random thoughts.  I’ve narrowed them down to five.  It’s Friday.  Let us begin.

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December 9, 2010

Code word is “Santa’s got a brand new bag”.

by Ashley

Now that the holiday season is in full swing here in the Great Lakes State, Brandt has finally OK’ed listening to Christmas music in the car when we run our errands.  I love Christmas songs because they really set the mood for the holidays.  Yet there are some Christmas songs that I absolutely hate.  Take the song “The Christmas Shoes.” Call me heartless, but if a kid walks up to the checkout stand with some gold shoes and asks you to spot him because his mom is going to die soon? I don’t think so. I have no qualms helping people in need, but I take issue if a kid goes to the store, begging for random articles of clothing instead of food or warm clothes.  Another song I don’t care for either is “Grown up Christmas List.” While the song does mean well, it’s cliché and musically is horribly overproduced and underdelivered.

While the songs are a great part about Christmas, eventually the question comes down the goods.  The gifts.  One thing I find interesting about this season is more people ask what do you want for the Christmas, not so much what you are giving. This is the season giving, and people have more control on what they give instead of what they get.

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